The University of Alaska Museum, the Delta-Greely School District, the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library (University Library), and the Fairbanks Public Library request funds for the Museum Objects Library Interface Network (MoliNet). MoliNet is an electronic catalog of Museum objects linking additional documentary material drawn from the University Library's unique collections on Alaska and the Polar Regions. This project will further enrich and materially strengthen the ability of the University Library and Museum to work together for the benefit of their respective users.
Through MoliNet, teachers, students, and learners of all ages across the state will be able to access the Museum's resources using the University Library online catalog and database. MoliNet will expand educational services by targeting specific critical curriculum needs of teaching the arts and humanities in the Delta-Greely School Districts and the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, providing both content training and network access equipment.
MoliNet will share with users an understanding of the nature of artistic creation, interpretation, and history from the Museum's archaeology, ethnology, history, and fine arts collections. MoliNet will include basic information about the collections, as well as extensive supplemental interpretations using historical photos, films, rare maps, oral histories, and manuscript collections. The delivery of this content within Alaska requires an innovative use of proven network technology; a partnership with libraries and schools, teachers and librarians; and an ability to upgrade the technology in the partner schools.
For the virtual Museum user, MoliNet will be integrated into the Library ViLDA web portal and ContentDM database, achieving instant statewide access. A student, teacher, or family in Fairbanks will access MoliNet as simply as any user searches a library book. The Rasmuson catalog and database are identical to the online catalog system used by the Alaska State Libraries, the University of Alaska Statewide Libraries, rural and urban school, and most public libraries in Alaska.